Israeli Arab Student Found Dead in Turkey; Police Arrest Father and Brother

Eyewitnesses say they saw 20-year-old Suwar Kablawi hurled from the balcony of her apartment, but local media reports she committed suicide

Jack Khoury
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A 20-year-old Israeli Arab woman from the town of Umm al-Fahm was found dead Wednesday in Turkey's coastal town of Izmit.

Suwar Kablawi, 20-year-old Israeli Arab student found dead in TurkeyCredit: Kareem Asakrah / Twitter

Local police are looking into a suspicion that Suwar Kablawi had been murdered, and have arrested her father and brother on suspicion of involvement in her death. 

Nonetheless, local media has reported that the young woman, a university student, committed suicide. 

Turkish media reports stated that Kablawi resided in Izmit with her father and attended university in the city. 

Her body was recovered in the evening hours on Wednesday outside the building where she lived; police launched the investigation following testimonies by neighbors who said they saw her being hurled from the balcony. Other witnesses said they saw a man running out of the building. 

MK Taleb Abu Arar sent a letter Thursday morning to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, asking him to help Israel receive more information about the case. 

Abu Arar wrote the Turkish president that Kabalwi's mother is desperately seeking answers, and any snippet of information would be helpful in aiding the mother to solve the case. 

Israel's Foreign Ministry stated that the Israeli consul in Istanbul, Ronen Levy, as well as the ministry's department for Israelis living abroad were in contact with the family and are acting to bring Kablawi to burial in Israel.